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Dwarf planet and Kuiper Belt object Pluto has five moons. How did it and its moons get their names?

Naming Pluto and Its Moons


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Not only do celestial bodies get names, so do prominent surface features also need names.

New Horizons was nearing Pluto in 2015 and the mission team would need names for the surface features they discovered. So they appealed to the public. The names would be informal ones, but they hoped the International Astronomical Union (IAU) would make them official.

Pluto - Names and Places


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